TUF 13: Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos officially named as coaches

UFC President Dana White has officially announced tonight that former UFC heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar and now number one contender, Junior dos Santos will to head-to-head as the coaches of the thirteenth season of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show. The two will coach a host of twenty-eight welterweight hopefuls looking to secure a UFC contract.

Following the season, which begins filming this month and airs on March 30th, Lesnar and dos Santos will meet for the UFC interim heavyweight title later in 2011.

This will be the first time either fighter has appeared on The Ultimate Fighter. The last time heavyweights coached the show was during season eight in 2008, when dos Santos’ mentor, “Minotauro” Nogueira, faced off againstthe torn in Lesnar’s side, Frank Mir.

Brock Lesnar, a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion for the University of Minnesota, debuted in 2008, and in only his fourth professional fight, he went on to defeated Randy Couture for the UFC heavyweight title. After successful defenses against Frank Mir and Shane Carwin, Lesnar lost his belt to Velasquez at UFC 121 last October.

Unheralded Brazilian, Junior dos Santos turned into a contender overnight in 2008 when he knocked out MMA veteran Fabricio Werdum in the first round, this was followed by finishes of Stefan Struve, Mirko Cro Cop, Gilbert Yvel, and Gabriel Gonzaga before earning a shot at the heavyweight title with a three round win over Roy Nelson.

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